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October 19, 2020

2020 - The international year of plant health

Did you know that the United Nations have declared 2020 as the international year for plant health?

While the world has been focused on the Corona virus, scientists and researchers have been fighting hard to contain and control the pandemics of the agricultural world.

One example would be the research team out of Lethbridge A.B. who operated a successful program collecting, rearing, and relocating beneficial insects – a parasitic wasp. They used this biological weapon to combat an invasive pest – the cereal leaf beetle. This insect was previously ravaging crops with reported losses over 23% and spray/quarantine programs proving ineffective.

You can find out more information about the program here

Back to the UN program; They have developed an excellent array of material to help promote awareness and best practices. They have an awesome set of videos and even an activity book for educators that I hope you will check out. Visit their website here

As an agricultural manufacturer we recognize how we are an integral part of our wider food supply network and always strive to promote best practices. Whether you are a researcher, regulator, producer or consumer, you have a part to play in plant health.